The Boston Celtics had no intention of returning to Orlando for Game 7 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals.
On this date exactly 10 years ago, Paul Pierce made sure of that.
"The Truth" was an absolute force against the Magic in Game 6 of the East Finals on May 28, 2010, scoring 31 points on 9-of-15 shooting while adding 13 rebounds, five assists and two steals.
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The result: A 96-84 Celtics win at TD Garden that eliminated Orlando and punched Boston's ticket to the 2010 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.
May 28, 2010— Boston Sports Info (@bostonsportsinf) May 28, 2020
Paul Pierce (31 pts, 13 reb, 5 ast, 2 stl) leads the Boston Celtics to a (96-84) Game 6 win and elimination of the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals
On to the Finals vs the Lakers pic.twitter.com/a0RUb9dn8Q
The Celtics only have one other victory on this date (they're 2-3 on May 28) but it also came during the Big Three era:
May 28, 2008: Kevin Garnett (33 points) and Ray Allen (29 points) carry the load as Boston edges the Detroit Pistons 106-102 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The C's finish the Pistons off in Game 6 to advance to the Finals.